Carmelo Anthony is the marquee name in the 2014 free agent class, as he will be the biggest guy who could actually leave his current team (sorry Laker fans, LeBron isn’t leaving Miami). He said that he wants to retire as a Knick when the season started, but now that they are a mess, his tone is starting to change.
In an interview with Ahmad Rashad for NBA TV, Melo talked about LeBron James’ decision to move on to Miami:
"“They were smart,” Anthony told NBA TV’s Ahmad Rashad. “I think it’s smart. It was their choice.”"
This means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but you can see that Anthony may be thinking of teaming up with a superstar. They will have some cap space in 2015, and there have been reports surrounding Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo. If the Knicks continue to struggle, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see him leave for the Lakers, or some other team who is willing to give him the max.
So does he still plan on retiring in New York? He had a different outlook this time around:
"“I’m not saying I want to go somewhere else,” Anthony told Rashad. “When I first got to New York, I always told myself it would be a three- to three-and-a-half-year plan just to rebuild. I knew we took a step backwards as an organization for me to get here. So we had to rebuild.“You’re not going to build a mansion in a year or two years. It takes time. That’s where I’m at right now.”"
The comments were made when the Knicks were 3-5, so he may be thinking of leaving even more now. Either way, this story will start to pick up steam as the season comes to an end.